Protecting Consumers

Apr 15, 2015
    Rep. Langevin talks with a TV news crew

Dear Friends,

Ever since I became interested in cybersecurity policy in 2007, I have heard from constituents, businesses, law enforcement and our military leaders about the major shifts in thinking required to combat threats in cyberspace. In response, I co-founded the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and worked to strengthen our national defenses.

However, nearly ten years of studying this issue and the litany of recent corporate breaches have emphasized that the government has a more important role than ever to play in safeguarding personal information. That is why I was proud to be joined last week by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Rhode Island State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell as I announced the introduction of three new bills designed to protect consumers from cybercriminals.

My package of legislation – the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, the Protect Children from Theft Act and the CARDER Act – would make a marked difference to consumers nationwide. Among other things, these bills would require that companies notify affected individuals within 30 days of the discovery of a breach of sensitive personal information. My efforts would also protect children from becoming victims of identity theft and would make it easier to prosecute the criminals who deal in stolen credit cards.

Securing our networks and closing the aperture of vulnerability is a complex challenge that needs to be tackled from many directions, and I believe my legislation would be a major step forward in combating cyber threats, improving consumer confidence and building the foundation for a more secure America.

To learn more about my work, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

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